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Filipino group to honor New Mexicans

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Several New Mexicans will be honored by the Filipino American National Historical Society Rio Grande for their contributions to the state’s Filipino community. They will be feted during the Pamana Heritage Award Night on Saturday at the Hotel Cascada in Albuquerque starting at 6 p.m.

Leading the list of honorees is Ted Jojola, a Distinguished and Regents Professor in community and regional planning at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning. An Isleta Pueblo native, he has served the Filipino community for more than four decades as a founding member of the Historical Society and a board member of the Bataan Corregidor Memorial Foundation of New Mexico.

He and his Filipina wife, Dely Alcantara, founded the Manoa Endowment for Diversity, which funds cultural diversity activities at Albuquerque Academy, sponsors the Trilock Teenage Theater Apprenticeship Program and the Manoa Youth Award.

Also being honored are:

• Jenny DeBouzek of Albuquerque, for teaching Filipinos the kulintang, an ethnic percussion instrument from southern Philippines.

• The Ong family (Welliver, Marigene, Francis and Sharmaine), also from Albuquerque, for their work with the Sagebrush Community Church in collecting food and school supplies for villages in the Philippines.

• Scott Berry of Rio Rancho for his work with Educate Bohol, a Christian-based educational program that works to prevent child labor, human trafficking and the teen sex trade.

• Louie Velasquez, of Rio Rancho, a teacher of the Filipino martial art of Arnis.

• Maj. Gloria Kauz, Lt. Col. Wallace Winter, and Veronica Rodriguez-Jumalon, all nurses from Bernalillo who went to the Philippines to assist victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

For further information about the Pamana Heritage Award Night, go to

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